African American Museum will host editors of book about growing up Black in the segregated South
‘How We Got Over’ features 24 narratives of mid-20th-century life in a Louisiana town.
The African American Museum at Fair Park will host a meet-and-mingle session with the editors of How We Got Over: Growing up in the Segregated South on Feb. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Helen Benjamin, a retired educator and current higher education consultant, and Jean Nash Johnson, a former writer and editor for The Dallas Morning News, will sign copies of the book, which was released in December. Both live in the Dallas area.
How We Got Over features 24 narratives that capture the experience of growing up Black under racist Jim Crow laws in the mid-20th century in Alexandria, La. The narratives were written by graduates of the all-Black Peabody High School Class of 1968. More than a third of the writers will attend the Fair Park event, Johnson said. Benjamin, who holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, was a classmate of the writers.
The museum is at 3536 Grand Ave. in Dallas. For more information on the event or the book, visit howwegotover.org. For more information on the museum, visit aamdallas.org.
SOURCE- Dallas Morning News
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